Gunman Opens Fire During Convenience Store Robbery

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- A gunman fired half a dozen shots during a robbery at a store in Waikiki early Monday morning. He's still on the loose.

Honolulu police say there are similarities between this holdup and the one at Kalapawai Market in Kailua last month.

A man wearing a camouflage jacket and a black ski cap storms into Checkout Convenience Store on Kuhio Avenue just before 1 am, and pulls out a black rifle.

Namie Anton says her sister was behind the cash register.

"Never happened before. That's the first time," Anton said. "And I'm kind of shocked and I can not say anymore."

The gunman demands money and fires a bullet into the ceiling.

Barry Wiggins lives right upstairs.

"I was sleeping," he said. "And I heard a, like first a cracking noise and I was like it kind of woke me up. And then I heard a real loud boom."

When the robber leaves the store and runs into some bystanders outside, police say he threatens them and fires five more shots into the air. No one's hurt.

"That would be something that would frighten anyone," Wiggins said. "I don't know, it's horrible. But I hope they catch whoever is responsible for that."

Witnesses say the suspect is in his 30s, is about 5'10" tall, and has bad skin.

Investigators say the man who held up Kalapawai Market on South Kalaheo Avenue December 26th also wore a camouflage top and used a black rifle.

"At this time, it's undetermined if it's the same person," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said.

Anton smiles as she helps customers, but says she's worried about her safety.

"I'm nervous, kind of nervous," she said. "Yeah, kind of scared."

If you have information about these armed robberies, call Honolulu police.